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Slow cooker pork loin with apples

This one was going around the internet for a minute – I tried it so you don’t have to. Except that you should.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 1 apple*
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 cup baby potatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • salt and pepper, to taste

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*I used Cortland, because I didn’t want something super-sweet, but definitely didn’t want tart either. Cortland is on the sweeter side, but not too much so.

I halved the amount of meat from the original recipe – and apples, carrots, and potatoes – but kept the same amount of sauce. The sauce is really good and you will want more of it.

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Classic goulash

Goulash! I like to make this on Sundays and use it for lunch during the week.

Thank you MyIncredibleRecipes.com for this one.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp adobo seasoning
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp salt (or seasoned salt of your choice)
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

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Macaroni salad version 2.0

If you’re looking for a classic macaroni salad, check out this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.

If you want to veer of the beaten path a little bit, I discovered this one  a few weeks ago from ASpicyPerspective.com and have made it twice with rave reviews.

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz dried macaroni
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 (12 oz) jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped kale
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1 bunch scallions, finely chopped

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Beef chipotle burritos

Oh my gosh. This is so. Good.

And if you try to stay away from red meat, I bet it works great with chicken too.

Thank you to Better Homes and Gardens for this one, and a hat tip to FlavorMosiac.com for the salsa topping.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless beef round steak
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 3 chipotle peppers with adobo sauce, minced (come in 7 oz cans)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 6 (9 or 10 inch) flour tortillas
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (optional, seriously tastes great without it)
  • Pico de Gallo salsa*

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*Pico de Gallo salsa – this is the recipe I use, which I love, but by all means use a different one if you wish. Once again this is from FlavorMosiac.com, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite recipe sites.

Ingredients:

  • 3 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp salt

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Use your judgement here – keep your own personal preference in mind in terms of spiciness (remember, the beef has chipotle peppers in it, which is also spicy), and the size of the vegetables can of course vary greatly. The recipe calls for one onion but I didn’t end up using the whole thing. Also, you can omit the salt if you really want to.

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Chicken fiesta soup

Mmm, chicken fiesta soup.

If it’s seemed like I’ve done a lot of slow cooker recipes lately…it’s because I’ve done a lot of slow cooker recipes lately. Anyone else just not feel like cooking when you get home from work lately?

I can’t decide if I like this recipe better than the chipotle chicken soup, which happens to be from the same cookbook.

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can stewed tomatoes, drained
  • 2 (4 oz) cans chopped green chiles
  • 1 (28 oz) can enchilada sauce
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
  • 1 yellow squash, diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • tortilla strips, for garnish (optional)
  • 8 oz shredded Cheddar cheese (optional)

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Actually good turkey burgers

This dish hails from AllRecipes.com.

Although I love my Greek-style turkey burgers, this is a super flavorful, more traditional alternative.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 2 tsp Italian-style breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp finely diced onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • egg white, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp fresh parsley
  • pinch of salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • oil for cooking burgers
  • 2 Kaiser or hamburger rolls
  • toppings and dressing (not pictured)*

*I use lettuce and tomato, with mayonnaise mixed with Dijon mustard at a 2:1 ratio.

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Chipotle chicken soup

I really, really enjoy this recipe. 

Just make sure you properly mince up the chipotle peppers, or else you’ll really clear out your sinuses in every other bite.

This one is adapted from Crock-Pot Classic Recipes, which I’ve been using a lot lately.

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 to 4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced*
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can great northern beans, rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can crushed tomatoes, undrained**
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup orange juice

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*Use your judgement here. The original recipe dictates only one pepper, which I obliged by the first time I made this recipe, but it is not enough. Also, the chipotle peppers I’ve noticed can vary in size a lot. So adjust accordingly for your own preferences, and make sure you get some of the adobo sauce in there, too.

**I can never find a 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes and always have to get a bigger size. Can you find them?

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Slow cooker beef stroganoff

I’ve tried a few beef stroganoff a few times in my day, and this one is the best I’ve come across. Thank you DaringGourmet.com for this one.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds steak, cut into chunks or strips
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 10 oz button or cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup plus 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 6 oz cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh or 1 tbsp dried parsley (optional)
  • egg noodles (not pictured)

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Jalapeno popper mac and cheese

This recipe hails from The Mac + Cheese Cookbook, written by two ladies who own a mac and cheese restaurant in Oakland called Homeroom.

This is one of those cookbooks where you actually want to read the additional information besides the recipes. I’d highly recommend it. Also, clearly their life is macaroni and cheese, so let’s just say they know what they’re talking about.

The jalapeno popper mac and cheese is a fairly simple recipe, combined with “mac sauce” – a bechamel-type sauce in the beginning of the book that is included in most of the recipes; it takes some work to make it. But it’s beyond worth it. 

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups mac sauce**
  • 2 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup diced jalapeno pepper, plus extra for garnish*
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

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* I’ve made this with fresh jalapenos, jarred pickled jalapenos, and a combination – it’s all good.

*Mac sauce:

  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp table salt or 2 tsp kosher salt

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Slow cooker meat sauce

This pasta sauce was described as “spicy” in the Slow Cooker Recipes cookbook – while it’s far from what I would consider to be hot, it is might tasty.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 (8 oz) cans sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1/3 cup chopped red or green bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion

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